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The Lost Spells is an audio treasure, a new collection of 'spells' - acrostic poetry and artwork - by writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. For those who loved The Lost Words - this is its little sister.

Captivatingly read, calling to forest, field, riverbank, ocean and also to the heart, these 'spells' summon back what is often lost from sight and care. From Jay to Jackdaw, Oak to Barn Owl, Silver Birch to Grey Seal, they evoke the special spirit of each plant and creature. Above all, they celebrate a sense of wonder at nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.

Across a bewitching natural soundscape by renowned wildlife recordist Chris Watson, readers Yrsa Daley-Ward, Johnny Flynn and Julie Fowlis bring the magic of both nature and language to listeners in an immersive and unique audio experience.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language." (Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

"Breathtaking, magical.... Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at." (New Statesman

"Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty." (Observer

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  • annie marshall
  • 03-23-21

blowing my mind

The sound scape meshed with the voices which contribute so much to these poems make this a tiny perfect treat. Ostensibly for children this audiobook is for everyone. It should be prescribed on the national health.

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  • T. Rattigan
  • 06-03-21

Beautiful poems beautifully read and presented

The poems capture the essence of a handful of British birds and animals. it was only on being read the swift poem that I realised their absence from my life. Magical, funny and sometimes sad.

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  • Mrs Janet Barraclough
  • 02-03-21

Mesmerising!

I love this book so much. I read it out loud to myself often and find Jackie’s artwork both beautiful and inspirational! This audio version is a welcome addition. Robert is such a talented poet and his words never fail to move me. Read beautifully!

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  • Vicki Jordan
  • 11-22-20

Stop and listen.

Delightful. Thank you. Made good use of the audible format. Robert MacFarlane is always a good read.